Quentin Gobregts succeeded Pieter Visser as the Oak Valley winemaker in 2014. Quentin matriculated from Paarl Gym before completing a B.Com (Hons) in Accounting at UCT followed by a CTA qualification. After completing his articles with Price Waterhouse Coopers in SA, Quentin moved to Australia where he practised as a senior accountant before changing direction and successfully graduating from the Curtin University of Technology with a Post Graduate Diploma in Wine Making, with Oenology as his major. He was subsequently appointed as winemaker for Howard Parker Wines in Margaret River before returning to SA to take up his appointment as Viticulturist/Winemaker at Oak Valley in September 2014.
Stylistically, it is critically important that our wines reflect a strong sense of place. Our cool climate terroir must translate to what we experience in the glass, both in structure and style. Foremost, we strive for purity and persistence of fruit while maintaining elegance and delicacy in structure. The characteristic freshness and flinty undertones lends itself to wines that gain complexity with age. Somewhere between old world austerity and new world opulence lies the essence of Oak Valley’s style – the structure of the old world and fruit-forwardness of the new.